Socastee, South Carolina

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Socastee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 14,295 at the 2000 census.



Socastee is a Native American name referred to as "Sawkastee" in a 1711 land grant to Percival Pawley. A skirmish between small forces of American and British troops occurred near Socastee Creek in 1781. By the 1870s, the Socastee community was a significant center for the production and distribution of naval stores such as turpentine and tar. This area included a saw mill, turpentine distilleries, cotton gin, grist mill, cooper shop and general store. The Socastee Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.


Socastee is located at 33°41′10″N 78°59′33″W / 33.68611°N 78.9925°W / 33.68611; -78.9925 (33.686244, -78.992588)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36.0 km²), of which, 13.4 square miles (34.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (3.81%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,295 people, 5,593 households, and 3,820 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,069.1 people per square mile (412.8/km²). There were 6,356 housing units at an average density of 475.4/sq mi (183.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.81% White, 7.01% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.10% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.01% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.66% of the population.

There were 5,593 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.97.

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